Ferguson, Pamela


  • United Kingdom

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Pamela Ferguson was appointed to the Chair in Scots Law in 2000. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Law School (from 1995-1999), and a Lecturer (1989-1995).
Professor Ferguson was a member of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service from 1986-1989. She was an examiner for the Law Society of Scotland for six years, and Convenor of the Law Society's Examination Board for three years.



Undergraduate: Scots Criminal Law and Evidence; Criminal Procedure

Postgraduate: Introduction to Healthcare Law and Ethics; Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pharmaceutical Products (Distance Learning Masters modules).

Professor Ferguson is the Director of the Healthcare Law and Ethics Distance Learning Masters Programme (from September 2019). She also held this post from its inception in January 2006 until 2010, then again from 2011 to 2014, and from 2019 to date.

Postgraduate supervision: Professor Ferguson is interested in supervising PhD or Masters students who wish to explore aspects of criminal justice, criminal procedure or substantive criminal law. Comparative projects, in which students compare Scots criminal law or procedure with that in another jurisdiction, can also be accommodated. She is also keen to supervise research projects in aspects of healthcare law.



Professor Ferguson's main areas of research interest are Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. She has also undertaken research into Healthcare Law, and her doctoral thesis focused on the legal liability of doctors, pharmacists and drug manufacturers for injuries caused by pharmaceutical products. This work resulted in her first monograph: Drug Injuries and the Pursuit of Compensation (Sweet & Maxwell, 1996).

In 1997 she was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship and used this opportunity to undertake an empirical research project which explored legal and ethical aspects of clinical trials for new drugs. Other aspects of healthcare law which she has researched include consent to treatment, medical negligence, abortion, and euthanasia. Professor Ferguson's criminal law interests include procedural and evidential aspects of criminal law, as well as substantive criminal law. She is one of the authors of the Draft Criminal Code for Scotland with Commentary, published by the Scottish Law Commission in 2003. More recent books include Scots Criminal Law: A Critical Analysis (EUP, 2014, with C McDiarmid) and Breach of the Peace (DUP, 2013). She was a member of the Academic Expert Group, appointed by Lord Bonomy to consider alternatives to corroboration in criminal trials (its report is available here:

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00460650.pdf), and was subsequently appointed by the Scottish Government to the Post-Corroboration Safeguards Review. The Review Group’s final report is available here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00475400.pdf


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, PhD: thesis entitled: 'Medicinal Product Liability: An Examination of the Potential Legal Liability under English and Scottish Law for Personal Injury Resulting from the Use of Medicinal Drugs and Devices’.

… → 1994

Award Date: 1 Jun 1986

Bachelor of Laws, Degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours of the First Class; Joint winner of the Dr John MacCormick prize for Most Distinguished Law Graduate, University of Glasgow


Award Date: 1 Jun 1985

External positions

PhD External Examiner , University of Edinburgh

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LLM External Examiner, University of Glasgow

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LLM Externa l Examiner, University of Glasgow

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Woking Party


Working party


External Examiner, University of Stirling


Editorial Board

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PhD examiner, Charles Darwin University

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Academic Expert group


LLM External Examiner , University of Aberdeen

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LLM External Examiner , University of Aberdeen

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Editorial board

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External Examiner, University of Glasgow


PhD Examiner, University College Dublin

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LLM External Examiner , University of Aberdeen

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External Examiner, University of Aberdeen


PhD External Examiner , University of Glasgow

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Law Reform


PhD Examiner, University of Aberdeen

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PhD External Examiner, University of Glasgow

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PhD External Examiner , University of Manchester

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Senior Adviser


External examiner, University of Strathclyde


PhD External Examiner , University of Aberdeen

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Board of Directors

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External examiner, University of Edinburgh


External examiner, University of Glasgow



  • K Law (General)
  • Law (Scottish Law, criminal law, Medical law, Healthcare Law, Criminal Evidence Law, criminal Procedure Law,


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